WhatsApp plea in Delhi HC, says this clause is violative of citizens' right to privacy

WhatsApp moves Delhi HC challenging the 'traceability clause' in the new IT rules for social media; says this clause is violative of citizens' right to privacy. The lawsuit, described to Reuters by people familiar with it, asks the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution since it requires social media companies to identify the "first originator of information" when authorities demand it. While the law requires WhatsApp to unmask only people credibly accused of wrongdoing, the company says it cannot do that alone in practice. Because messages are end-to-end encrypted, to comply with the law WhatsApp says it would have break encryption for receivers, as well as "originators", of messages.

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